Human Rights – First International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime (December 9, 2015)

On this first International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide, which also marks the 67th anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, France pays tribute to the victims and shares the suffering of the survivors.

It reaffirms its attachment to ensuring that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice.

Remembrance, like the fight against impunity, helps to prevent future crimes.

While mass atrocities continue to be committed, the international community has a major role to play in helping states to prevent the crime of genocide and, in situations where the states themselves commit such crimes, to take all necessary measures to stop them from doing so. This is the reason for the initiative sponsored by France to ensure that the permanent members of the Security Council can no longer use the veto in cases of mass atrocities.